Texans Cloud Backfield with Signing

by Fraser Lovat on March 13, 2008 @ 13:56:46 PDT


The Sports Network reports the Houston Texans signed unrestricted free-agent running back Chris Brown (Tennessee Titans) Thursday, March 13. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Brown, who was drafted by the Titans in the third round of the 2003 NFL Draft, has spent the last five seasons with the Titans. He amassed 2,757 yards and 16 rushing touchdowns on 643 carries (4.5 yards per carry average) in that span. However, he has suffered several injuries, including a hamstring injury during his rookie season that caused him to miss five regular season games. In 2004, Brown was named the starter because former Titans running back Eddie George was no longer with the team. Brown finished the 2004 season with 1,067 yards and six touchdowns, before having to miss more time because of an ankle injury. In 2005, he had surgery on both of his ankles and since has been criticized for not being powerful enough for his size, which some say is due to his injuries as well as upright running style.

With the Brown "era" over in Tennessee, it can now begin in Houston, or can it? He is joining an offense that currently has five running backs on its roster, with the likes of Arliss Beach, Ahman Green, Chris Taylor and Darius Walker, it may be difficult for Brown to find playing time. He likely will earn a No. 1 or No. 2 position if he can stay healthy and compete for the starting job in training camp. His biggest competitor will be Ahman Green. The team has a substantial amount of money invested in Green, so he is likely to get the first crack at the starting lineup. The signing of Brown could spell the end of Ron Dayne (unrestricted free agent) in a Texans uniform.

Brown's fantasy value will be determined based on where he lands on the depth chart. Aforementioned, his biggest competitors standing in his way to get the starting job are Green and Dayne. If Brown can beat his competition and land the starting job, we may get to see the back produce decent numbers if he can reproduce his late season form from last year. In four of the last five games he scored four touchdowns, with five total for the year, including one touchdown in each of the last two games of the season.

Fantasy owners are going to have to wait and see how this one pans out as the Texans try to find their 2008 running back.

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About Fraser Lovat

Fraser is a Hot off the Wire Analyst with KFFL and has been with the company since 2007.

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